10 I was very glad in the Lord because now at last you have shown concern for me again. (Of course you were always concerned but had no way to show it.) 11 I’m not saying this because I need anything, for I have learned how to be content in any circumstance. 12 I know the experience of being in need and of having more than enough; I have learned the secret to being content in any and every circumstance, whether full or hungry or whether having plenty or being poor. 13 I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength. 14 Still, you have done well to share my distress. 15 You Philippians know from the time of my first mission work in Macedonia how no church shared in supporting my ministry except you. 16 You sent contributions repeatedly to take care of my needs even while I was in Thessalonica. 17 I’m not hoping for a gift, but I am hoping for a profit that accumulates in your account. 18 I now have plenty and it is more than enough. I am full to overflowing because I received the gifts that you sent from Epaphroditus. Those gifts give off a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice that pleases God. 19 My God will meet your every need out of his riches in the glory that is found in Christ Jesus. 20 Let glory be given to God our Father forever and always. Amen. (Philippians 4:10-20, CEB)
This passage has one of my favorite verses and a verse that is often misused. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.
I am able to do anything because of God. Well no not really, that isn’t what that verse says. And even here in our translation it is worded a little different. I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength. I can make it through the circumstances of my life because God is always with me.
Not that I can shoot baskets, or do some sports thing I would never be able to do, or to have the ability to lift a car. But I can make it through life, because God is with me and gives me strength to see another day.
If we focus on God in our lives, the bad situations will not go away, but will be more tolerable and we will endure them with strength from God.
So help those out around you and support them, giving them strength as God gives you strength.
Love People. Love God.